Original Article: Train Magazine
Winter Issue 2016
Original Article: Suppz.com
July 16, 2015
By Olivia Banski
If you’re “in the know” when it comes to supplements, you’ve heard of ZMA before. In fact, you might even have used it from time to time. However, if your classic idea of ZMA is that it’s a sleep supplement, you need to broaden your knowledge of what it really can do.
While there’s no doubt that taking ZMA, which contains zinc, magnesium, and vitamin B6 is going to help you sleep more deeply and wake up feeling more recovered, it really does so much more.
Let’s take a closer look into what ZMA has to offer so that you can see why it’s one supplement that you’ll want to have on your list to buy.
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Original Article: Physical Magazine
By Dave Hawk
Q: I used to do strongman competitions, but now I'm bodybuilding. Is ZMA a good supplement to improve muscle growth?
A: I've personally used ZMA and can't say enough good things about it. ZMA (zinc magnesium aspartate) is a natural supplement that increases anabolic hormone levels while reducing cortisol levels. On the one hand it helps build muscle, and on the other it helps prevent muscle wasting. ZMA naturally aids the overall metabolic process that improves muscle energy support.
Authentic ZMA products state "ZMA" on the label and are formulated with highly bioavailable zinc mono-L-methionine sulfate (L-Optizinc), Zinc/magnesium aspartate and vitamin B6. You can find ZMA in many top brands as a standalone powder or part of a supplement mix.
For any strength-training or muscle-building athlete, ZMA will help improve training, energy, and lean mass gains as well as support greater recovery. ZMA has been clinically proven to boost anabolic hormone levels (both testosterone and IGF-1), which improves muscle strength, power, and performance.
Original Article: The Sweet Science
By David Avila
January 20, 2015
Russian lightweight Ivan Redkach (18-0, 14 KOs) found Yabudu Amidu (19-6-2, 17 KOs) may not have the flashy name of other contenders, but he was a stiff challenge.
Redkach has a knack for finding the mark for his southpaw punches and hit Amidu early in the fight.
Redkach was busier and more accurate than Amidu in the first three rounds. Then the African boxer who fights out of L.A. found the range. Amidu began targeting the body and found success as it began opening up more options. Redkach continued firing back and was hit low twice in the fifth round. Referee Ray Corona deducted a point from Amidu for the repeat infraction.
Amidu came out firing in the sixth round and ran into a left cross that delivered him to the deck. He got up and was met with an onslaught of blows from the lefty Redkach, who caught Amidu with a right cross. Down went Amidu, hard. A very slow count by the referee allowed the African to beat the count. Slowly he got up and survived the rest of the round. While sitting in his stool the fight was stopped at the end of round six.
Original Article: Regeneration Performance
By Drew MacKay Timmermans
May 27, 2014
When looking for your first choice for an athletic supplement, it may help to start at the end of the alphabet with the mineral zinc. Many athletes are unaware of the natural benefits of zinc, despite research showing that zinc is found in every cell of the body. Zinc also serves a vital role every time our body’s cells divide and therefore optimal zinc levels are imperative in maximizing athletic performance. As excess blood levels of zinc can be toxic, levels should be checked regularly; if you are unsure if you should be taking zinc, contact your physician to have your levels checked. In terms of benefits for athletes, here are 6 that have direct applications for improving athletic performance.
1. Improve Strength & Increase Lean Muscle MassRecent research demonstrates the role zinc has in raising the levels of three important anabolic hormones in the body: testosterone, insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), and growth hormone (GH). Several studies have found that low levels of zinc correlate with lower levels of serum testosterone, which can greatly affect many aspects of performance such as strength, body fat percentage, and recovery. Additionally, a group of researchers from Iran found that post exercise, both serum total testosterone and serum free testosterone were increased in cyclists who supplemented with zinc for 4 weeks. Further research has also demonstrated increased levels of GH & IGF-1 after exhaustive exercise. Following strenuous exercise, these increases in testosterone, GH, and IGF-1 levels result in improved recovery time, increased muscle building, and increased strength. These results have been reported in both men and women. 2. Boost Immune Function
By Steve Kim
Original Article: UCN Live
December 19, 2014
When you ask junior middleweight hopeful Julian “J Rock” Williams who he believes the three best 154-pounders are on the planet, he doesn’t take long to answer.
“Definitely ‘Canelo’ [Saul Alvarez]. He’s really fighting; he lining ‘em up right now. You gotta respect that. I think [Erislandy] Lara’s good and, believe it or not, Vanes [Martirosyan],” said Williams from the Undisputed Gym in San Carlos, California on the afternoon of Dec. 4.
This Saturday night on Showtime Extreme, Williams takes on Jamar Freeman (a late replacement for Edgar Ortega) from the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington in a ten-rounder. For Williams, it will be his last developmental fight before ascending to the world-class level.
“I feel as though it is; I mean, how many more Edgar Ortegas can I fight?” asked the soft-spoken Williams, 17-0-1 (10). “I think a prospect stays at the same level too long; he’ll get stale and I don’t want to keep fighting the same level of competition for too much of a long time. I want to step up eventually.”
So what will his 2015 itinerary look like?
By Lori Nickel
Original Article: Journal Sentinel
November 18, 2014
Green Bay — Aaron Rodgers possesses NFL records, a Super Bowl ring and an MVP trophy. He's on fire this season, leading the Green Bay Packers to an NFL-best 33 points a game.
But he's always looking to evolve, as a person and as a quarterback, and by tweaking a few health and wellness habits in the last year, he said he feels so good he has convinced himself he can play well into his late 30s and even his 40s.
Hot yoga. Vitamins. Limits on caffeine. Sleep. Proper hydration and detoxifying juice cleanses. Living by the 80-20 rule — and cutting back on pizza. It all has helped Rodgers look ahead to his 31st birthday Dec. 2 feeling like he's in the best shape of his life with some of his best games ahead of him.
"If you're taking care of your body and getting the proper nutrition, and sleeping well, you're going to be fit to play," said offensive coordinator Tom Clements. "And you're going to maintain that fitness for years."
For Rodgers, getting to this good place with his wellness started with getting enough sleep.
"Sleeping in general has always been a little difficult for me," said Rodgers. A good night for him used to be about 61/2 hours. "I just have a hard time turning my mind off, I think."
He started using ZMA, a vitamin supplement that includes zinc, magnesium and aspartate that can act as a muscle relaxer. "The ZMA puts you in the deeper sleep — quicker," said Rodgers. The supplement also is used by athletes as a recovery aid.
By Chris Robinson
October 12, 2014
Courtesy of our friend and fighter Bilal Mahasin, we’ve been informed that Bay Area favorite Casey Morton has scored a successful victory in his profesional debut.
“Congrats to Casey Morton on her impressive pro debut victory! It should’ve been a tko! The bloodiest fight of the night! My God!” Mahasin stated, posting of photo of himself with the former amateur standout.
We first crossed paths with Morton at the PAL tournament last year in Oxnard, through Steven Foster and his father, and she is one of the most positive people you will find in the sport.
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By Phil D.
World Boxing News
August 7, 2014
IBF Welterweight champion Shawn Porter is confident that he has everything in place for another successful defense when he faces Kell Brook on August 16 in Carson, California.
The 26-year-old from Akron, Ohio, goes into the bout with mandatory challenger Brook as the favourite to retain his coveted red belt, and despite some believing the unbeaten Brit poses a threat, Porter sees nothing to fear.
"I'm not concerned about Kell Brook," stated Porter.
"Earlier, people were asking me about his power, and I don't have much to say about that other than that I haven't seen anything on film that makes him different from anybody else.
"I believe that Brook will feel the added pressure in this being his first title fight. I handled it great. I welcomed it and loved it going into my first title fight. I'm not sure if he has the same personality to handle the extra pressure. I do know there will be a big crown out there and I can't wait. The West Coast is hot and the crown gets loud. I'm ready.
"I don't know if he is the toughest opponent I've faced yet. His record (32-0) would say that he is, but if you take a look at the caliber of fighters that I've fought before him, I think the other guys are more challenging fighters, especially Devon Alexander, who has an awkward and complicated style. Not to call Kell Brook plain, but he has a more up-and-down style that will be easier to deal with."
Porter is one of three standout candidates to be considered for Floyd Mayweather's spring 2015 PPV event alongside Amir Khan and Danny Garcia but needs a stellar performance against Brook to remain in the running.